33 Iron-Rich Foods to Add to Your Diet

It’s important for anyone with a chronic illness to eat a balanced diet, but children and adults with hemophilia should also include iron-rich foods as some of the body’s store of iron is lost during bleeding.

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There are two different types of iron that your body can get from food: heme and nonheme. Heme is found in animal products and nonheme is found in plant products. Our bodies tend to get more iron from heme foods, but if you’re a vegetarian, you can still eat plenty of iron-rich foods. Nonheme iron is the type added to foods like breakfast cereals.

With help from everydayhealth.com, the Mayo Clinic, and webmd.com, we’ve put together a list of heme and nonheme iron-rich foods which should form part of your regular diet.

Heme Iron Foods

  • Liver
  • Oysters, clams and mussels
  • Red meats such as beef and lamb
  • Canned sardines
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Pork and ham
  • Veal
  • Fish

Nonheme Iron Foods

  • Iron-fortified breakfast cereals, rice, breads and pastas
  • Cooked beans and lentils
  • Tofu
  • Pumpkins, squash or sesame seeds
  • Chickpeas, kidney beans and lima beans
  • Dried apricots
  • Baked potatoes
  • Nuts
  • Broccoli stems
  • Raw and cooked spinach and kale
  • Peas

To help extract the most amount of iron out of a food, it’s advisable to eat it along with something high in vitamin C such as:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Broccoli
  • Leafy greens
  • Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

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  1. ova says:

    very good information
    I’m a bit confused about foods that are high in iron
    but after reading this article my confusion disappeared

  2. Kelli Fields says:

    I have a friend that deals with a lot of exhaustion as well as iron deficiency with appetite issues she has improved a lot since smoking marijuana

  3. Zainab mir says:

    Due to deficiency of iron .I am suffering from pica. Can I kindly get help in knowing what should I consume in my diet .so to get rid of it.

    • K. Dillard says:

      To the person who has pica. I am very anemic as well, and also have pica. I have started taking iron, but eat crushed ice cubes and I drink this green shake that’s kind of gritty. It helps curb the need to eat sandy stuff. 😂

  4. Mary Murray says:

    I’m going to try these foods , I tried iron pills they tore my stomach up along with geritol also . I Pray this will work . Sincerely Mary M. Thanks

  5. Alexis says:

    My iron is always at a 4, but u have to have surgery in 2 months and my Dr wants me at a 10, and I hate taking the iron pills. This list is so helpful.

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